I have in the past gone bare on sometimes fairly active Spanish beaches, carrying nothing and walking purposefully past them for several miles. It’s not prohibited there. People would notice, but few looked at all bothered. Only once did anyone (a man) object on the specific reasons that children might see me. As we realize, kids take no notice of simple nudity, but I did feel worried because I subsequently felt exposed and had no means at all to cover up. I sometimes experienced groups of two or three girls expressing obvious acceptance that I was naked, not that I was searching for that. I avoided single women who were not bare or top-free so as not to make them feel uncomfortable or threatened. It was interesting to monitor how some couples saw me naked and then removed their clothes.
That was previously. In the interests of not causing offence and not giving naturism a bad name even if legal I’ve altered my approach to public nudity to be much less evident. The same as Pete, I agree hiking is a lot more fun than the shore. I also use quieter Spanish beaches where few people pay any attention apart from simply finding, some see me and do the same! Hiking in Spain, it is so quiet the opportunities of running into someone are low. Hiking in the UK the odds are much greater.
If alone I ‘ve tend to disappear off in the bushes, feeling nervous since I have zero wish to offend but fearful it may be taken as more than simple nudity. Doing a Spencer Tunick installation has given me a different pespective on the way the Brits see nudity. 1700 folks went naked for a number of hours in a city in the name of “artwork”. Most weren’t naturists and were quite nervous at http://x-nudism.com/demo1.php . I actually don’t go naked on UK beaches unless lying on my abdomen in a silent place. I just stand up when there’s not anyone around for at least 700 yards, but may walk a long way afterward. If someone keeps on walking towards me I don’t usually worry about it, since http://zykad.com ‘s their choice and I ‘m on a very wide big seashore, but if it is narrower I sit down and am unobtrusive until they have passed. If I see a lone woman I often cover up as we get closer so she can feel “safe”. No-one in the UK has ever objected or appeared piqued. Occasionally they have been obviously amused, so I just say hello. You might wonder why I do not use nudist beaches quite frequently. The key answer is simple. Sadly, in the UK and on the smaller Spanish shores there are often various pervs hanging around and I don’t feel as comfortable. They are the ones giving naturism a bad name.